I don’t like spiders and snakes. (Not the song, just a simple statement.) A few days ago, on my early morning walk, I walked full-on into an enormous spider web. The dance that it prompted as this particular spider’s masterpiece clung to my face, hair and shoulders made my Labrador look around to see if we were under attack or, possibly, to make sure no one was watching.
Growing up, and still to this day, my sister and I despised spiders with a passion. My mother had no sympathy for us because she thinks spiders should be a natural part of a household. (My mom, a huge Charlotte’s Web fan.) “Oh girls, for heaven’s sake, they are harmless.”, she would say as she used an ultra-thin tissue to politely escort our spider siblings out the back door so that they could pop right back in at their pleasure.
My brother used our fear of spiders as a weapon to get us to make him milkshakes and other whims. His weapon of choice included a dead wolf spider in a coffee mug. (Code name: Wolfie) Whenever he wanted something that “Wolfie” mug appeared. I can still remember its premiere. Upstairs I heard a thunderous stampede accompanied by shrieking that could rival any Halloween movie. My brother chose to introduce Wolfie to my sister who is even more afraid of spiders than I am. From then on he had it made. My sister always gave in for fear of being sprinkled with spider particles in her sleep. So you can understand why my fear of spiders is ingrained in my psyche.
Lesson learned, so for this morning’s walk I was equipped for battle. I brought a long walking stick that I waved in front of me for web dodging purposes. As I walked confidently down the path, to my right my eye caught sight of the morning sun shining beams of light through the most beautiful, captivating, intricately woven spider web. I took a long look at my spider’s artwork and this time I was in awe.
How different that web looked when it was not in my face.
Is there someone who you want so very badly to understand the beauty of a relationship with Christ? Remember it is not our job to weave a web to trap. We have to allow God to do the weaving. By living our lives built on trust and faith, God’s light will shine through our “web”. Will others stop to take a closer look? Let the Holy Spirit do the heavy lifting! We do not need to be in anyone’s face. We need to pray, listen, plant seeds and trust in our weaver. Don’t give up, the spider never does, and certainly our God never does.
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends; With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:8-9
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
Monday’s Must See: (Note to Carly: Great news! The love of Jesus is eternal.)
“God, he suddenly understood, was love in its purest form, and in these last months with his children, he had felt His touch as surely as he had heard the music spilling from Ronnie’s hands.” Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song